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Business task force to feed practical climate policy proposals into UN

31 March 2009

Responding to an invitation made at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos by Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 52 companies have joined forces with 34 experts and organizations to create a low-carbon prosperity Task Force.

The Task Force, launched at a press conference in London and timed to coincide with G20 economic summit in London, will work with government and UN officials to develop a set of practical projects and policy proposals around the world, which will significantly stimulate the low-carbon economy from 2010 onwards.

An open letter signed by The Climate Group was sent today to Prime Minister Brown, setting out the Task Force's suggested agenda for the coming months. The Task Force's recommendations for ready-to-implement "low-carbon projects" will be delivered to UN Secretary-General in September.

Speaking at the launch, Steve Howard CEO of The Climate Group and Chair of WEF's Global Agenda Council on Climate Change said: "The Task Force wants to see a third industrial revolution - a green one - creating green growth, green jobs and green economic prosperity. The G20 meeting this week is a unique diplomatic opportunity for climate experts, industry, civil society and governments to push together for green stimulus packages and an ambitious global deal in Copenhagen. The right deal needs to be strong enough to put us on a low carbon growth plan while giving a predictable long-term framework for business to deliver to."

Welcoming the Task Force, Ed Miliband Secretary of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change emphasised the importance of government and business working together and said: "I hope [the G20] will reaffirm the importance of an ambitious agreement at Copenhagen. We will see discussions around low-carbon embedded into the mainstream of the economic debate."

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